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Search tool for comments: what Google can´t offer you is now available!
If you are one of the people who do more than post ´wow´ you will want to find back your comments. After all that´s were you really engage on G+ and where you share your thoughts, ideas and insights.

If you´re one of the real engagers here who spend most of the time reacting on other people´s posts instead of getting out the obligatory five link dumps a day, you will know the feeling the next morning if you can´t find these great threads

If you would like to reread that interesting thread and the contributions you made you are currently at the mercy of other people. If they post again you will get a notification. If you happen to see it, fine, if you missed it or you were the one killing the thread with your deep insight you can´t even check if it really was that great the next morning :)

Google´s search is extremely limited and finding your own comments, even if you remember some keywords, is almost impossible. Ridiculous for the masters of search and the wardens of the googolplex, but a reality.

Luckily a third party developer filled that gaping hole in the G+ functionality. From now on you can check all your own comments. Click the link below to see my close to 5000 comments, but notice that you can easily change it to your own profile by replacing the number with your Google Id.

I used it for a few minutes and already I wonder why this wasn´t part of everyone´s profile. This simple tool will enrich G+ as it stimulates debates and prevents the ´sudden death´ of a topic due to a lack of new comments.

Use of this Topsy service will make G+ come alive again as suddenly comments are a true part of your experience here and you will never again wake up with that ghastly feeling that you spend ages commenting just to end up in a misplaced digital bin.

Oh, and don´t forget that´s an excellent tool to check out other people!
Engagement and interaction of plussers suddenly became an open book

Check it here http://plus.topsy.com/googleplus/112352920206354603958

(thanks +Alex Schleber for the tip!)
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I came upon this tool some weeks ago when checking how was my Google profile ranked in search results... At first i thought that if that tool was archiving all my public comments, I better be insightful and witty !
 
Nice writeup, +Max Huijgen. So now it's another tab adding to the fragmentation of Google+, besides +CircleCount — where both services could so peacefully and effectively live on my and your Google profile.
 
This is brilliant! I've been doing this manually, and sometimes it takes forever to find conversations more than two or three days old . What a great find. Thanks so much for sharing this!!
 
a) This is great. So thank you very much, +Max Huijgen.

b) If a third party needs to tell Google how to do search, the end of the world is near.
 
+Max Huijgen Thanks for the tip. So I could find this URL again, I added it to my "About" profile text.
 
????? Why is all my site advisers going off and saying "Virus/trojan" unsafe site?????
 
Useful, but a little creepy/stalkerish like what's possible in twitter.
 
+David Haddad it´s pathetic and a few months ago I would have made that into the core of my post. It´s telling that I´m now just happy that at least someone did it.
And +Alexander Becker it´s a shame it´s not nicely integrated in Circlecount, but Topsy specializes in ´Real-time search for the social web´ so they delivered on that promise!
 
Yip +Catherine Maguire I resorted to ctrl-F as well. All notifications open, all topics expanded and good old Ctrl-F but it failed if nobody bothered to comment again.
I learned the hard way that having the last word on G+ is not advisable ;)
 
This is great. From day one I've kept a text document of most of my comments because I couldn't think of any other way to keep track of my conversations. Remember, though -- t he person whose post you've commented can decide to delete your comment. If you are one of those people who get a rush of inspiration when you're commenting, you might thing about copying that comment and turning it into a new post of your own.

Here's more on that thought: https://plus.google.com/118011560178264222649/posts/78yX6dnmARB
 
Even more so, +Max Huijgen I want CircleCount as well as Topsy integrated in my profile, because that's where they belong, not at least permission-wise... Wouldn't it be funny if Google bought a search engine?
 
+Max Huijgen , interesting, indeed. But I ask myself "where the hook?" No one offer such a service for less and I'm afraid they do profiling, datamining and sell the results if they have the unique G+ ID matched to all the data.
 
+Wolf Weber If they are able to harvest these data others can as well so your profile data are used anyway. At least we get something back from these guys.
 
There is a downside. I interact via comments on Public posts with people who I only share with privately. That is, they post publicly and I respond, thus making my comment public. Because Google didn't track my comments and +1s I did this a bit carelessly. It's easy to become quite personal (and oblivious to the public eye) when there are only a few people on the thread and you know them.

Seeing how easily collectible this information is gives me pause. I worry that it will put a damper on some of the discussions I've been having. I post privately a lot but few of the people I interact with do.
 
Really? Why the heck would I want to read my own stuff again? This is the ultimate narcissist's tool. I comment so that other people comment. I don't find other people's comments to be noise. I find their comments to be of sustenance even if I disagree or think their comment is childish. This G+ thing is for me about interaction not cataloging my contributions. Thanks but no thanks.
 
+Pam Adger It's also about connecting people. I read similar questions from different people. Sometimes the discussions we have are weeks or months apart. When I read the new post I'm reminded of the previous, related discussion. This makes it easier to find the related conversation and then introduce the other people to each other. "Hey! Here's someone who has an answer to that question we were discussing awhile back."
 
+M Sinclair Stevens That makes sense. +David Haddad I did no such thing. I did not call anyone a narcissist. Reread. I said it was the ultimate narcissist's tool. I don't care for your opinion but thank you. I think I already got enough of it. I stand by my statement and if you think I directed my negative opinion about this tool at you who I have never heard of before your comment, then I can see why you were confused in the first place.
 
It is not jarring it just is. I never said that all the people who think this is neat are narcissists. I happen to have a different opinion and that should be allowed. I used the word on purpose because that is what instantly came to my mind. The tool may be useful for other things as +M Sinclair Stevens stated but ultimately the tool is about you and your comments not someone else's or that great post you saw yesterday. So yes I stand by my negative review of this tool and if you all choose to take offense because I used the word narcissist that is your issue not mine.
 
+David Haddad Sorry but the troll here is you. It didn't get personal until you made it so. You can argue semantics all you want. My opinion is what it is. I am not going to change it. +Max Huijgen I apologize for my part in hijacking your post.
 
+Elle Gray Let me know if you find out anything really interesting. I have been stalking you for ages and so far nothing juicy.
 
Seems like a great tool for stalkers, over-nosy employers and ex's only. I'm frankly astonished Google give enough API access such that someone outside can crawl the entire site. +Yonatan Zunger +Natalie Villalobos are there no limits in the G+ API to try and limit blatant mining of the entire site to third party companies such as this?
 
It has harmless uses too of course, and adding on G+ profile with privacy like the +1 tab would be a great feature for curation, if you wished it.

I'd lay a decent bet they don't remove if someone deletes a comment though.
 
+David Haddad I see little legitimate use in the hands of a third party, outwith any policies knowingly signed on to, and whilst public that does not always mean crawlable - many sites attempt to block that. Like I say I'm amazed Google don't. This is not presenting conversations, this is presenting a dossier of an individual on a network. With the exception of some tools for twitter I'm not aware of other services from which you can get such an entire presentation without expending significant effort.

That's not FUD, that's a legitimate concern to many.
 
+Matt Holmes I get the point you're making... getting such complete information on public comments from a social network is amazingly revealing and possibly unprecedented. Unusual for a social network billed for its privacy capabilities... although, let's be honest, anything you made public was public regardless how hard to search it may have been. This could actually be a useful way to look back on your public footprint here and decide what to keep and what to curate.
 
+Eli Fennell Quite, but that difficulty has always significantly limited any suspect uses. Most people aren't great at Googlefu - ex's and hiring managers for example :) Those who are have better things to do after (say) the first hour of digging. If it is that open, and merely a click away I know several folks who'll probably simply not be here much longer. As is, it's good to know, as I'm sure some will change their posting habits, and yes of course it's useful way to look back. As ever, don't comment drunk! :)

The part that surprises, apart from this not being within G+, is Google built their company on data. They know a lot about data. They know how valuable it is, yet they're allowing it all to be harvested.

Taking a third point of view I see a business opportunity simply turning that into a PDF and selling to recruiting employers.

runs off to register GPlusEmployerReports.com :)
 
+Matt Holmes I wonder if they knew this would happen? We'll have to see... it would be unusual for Google to allow their data to be harvested in this fashion.
 
+Matt Holmes It occurs to me... the API is read only, not able to be written to, so it is possible this was an unintended consequence. Funny that the tech nerd in me overlooked the privacy issues involved... for a former FBer, I'll admit, this one slipped right by me.
 
+Eli Fennell Never occurred to me either until it was front and centre on my screen after I accidentally and entirely randomly stumbled across this site last night and posted about it. My post was just something like this is interesting and perhaps a little stalker-ish.

API and data issues only occurred this morning. It entirely seems to have been an overlooked thing - it must have been. Via API I can get comments, shares, +1s and apparently the whole site - Ok, that's the entire gold mine with most of the social signals, apart from circles. They can't have intended that, surely?
 
+Matt Holmes I certainly hope they didn't intend it... it really wouldn't make any sense, because that data is supposed to be a cash cow for them, not others. My point about the API was that, right now, they're putting it out there and letting third-parties use it without integrating as "apps" or whatever into the service itself. Maybe, hopefully, this was a mistake to be ironed out before the API becomes writable to. It is kind of cool... but the potential misuse is, you're right, too great to be entirely comfortable with.
 
+David Haddad The issue is how easily organized the data is, in this case. I've long practiced caution about what I post publicly... but what about the average user?
 
This tool is excellent to find one's or anyone's accumulated comments. I would wish for a tool that would find all comments by all participants in a given discussion. I have tried on two separate occasions suggesting something similar to Google.
This would give Google+ a whole new dimension; it would make it, apart from what it already is, a platform for launching discussions, a platform for forums (fora?). Imagine a platform permitting anyone to launch the equivalent of an "The Oil Drum".
As Google+ is it is an extraordinary place for finding incredible material, and the people who create it, that one would almost certainly, in most cases, not otherwise find; but as a platform for discussion it is not so good. As Max points out comments get lost in the on rushing flow of the stream.
I would suggest that a new and separate function be incorporated in the tool bar at the top of the Google+ page which might be called "Themes" or something analogous which could house such searchable venues which anyone might initiate. Here the discussion, on whatever topic, would be kept together in one place for anyone to consult and to be able to add his or her own ideas on the subject.
That would get participation!
 
+David Haddad Ok, negate stalker, and just leave employer, as I'm not trying to invoke anything other than there's a negative view on this. :p

Every example you give you have to do manually and after being logged in to the site first. That's different then. Similarly, no forum has a "real names" policy, although FB do, so you'd have to know which forum ID to look at. It's not a surprise that it's public, or that it's being used, but accessible from a single google search is. "public" and being lost in the sheer volume of data and public all presented in one place not being quite the same thing at all.

We all know Google are using and will ultimately profit from that data, and mine it to death, so it's also a (bigger) surprise, well to me at least, that it's all leaked out of the Googleplex.

You'll need much more than gentle sarcasm before I take offence :)
 
Excellent - this does come close to the Diaspora feature "Comment line" I once mentioned to you. Thank you for this helpful tip +Max Huijgen!
 
Hi +Max Huijgen , I wrote something a while back on how you can do this within Google Plus. This way you can also save it in Google Plus as a search, no third party needed (although I like Topsy a lot) -> http://goo.gl/EsJc6
There is also another option which was described by +Tom Voute . What is comes down to is that you use Gmail notifications and labels (tag mails from Google Plus that have "commented on..") as a way to get them all into one folder.
 
Interesting, +Martijn van Beek! My most recents are thttp://plus.topsy.com/googleplus/101387092275812938679 two days old. I like better Googles internal search that cover as well limited posts. I learned this trick from +Martijn van Beek:
1) You can search for someones posts by searching in Google+ for inurl:google+ID
2) Now search for someone's name excluding his own posts (that leaves comments and mentions) so: -inurl:google+ID
3) For me it looks like this https://plus.google.com/s/%22tom%20voute%22%20-inurl%3a101387092275812938679
4) Save your query so that you get a quick link in the left column
 
+Martijn van Beek I was aware of the inurl trick but after reading your 15 feb updated post I can´t see how you can find your own comments / the thread you visited if you were not mentioned in a thread.
The Gmail route is too cumbersome for my taste.
 
Interesting feature +Max Huijgen and more interesting discussion here ;)
You are right about why we don't have such a feature on CircleCount. We don't the capabilities topsy has to create such a database.

Regarding the questions about the API: They will probably have their own spider and won't go through the official API.
We used in the past topsy a lot to find posts about CircleCount (http://plus.topsy.com/s/circlecount) but we had the feeling that the search in Google+ itself is a bit better ;)

+Tom Voute you can also add "/posts" after your search url to get only the posts. That way you will reduce the "meta-text" at the beginning of the search result page ;)
 
+Max Huijgen true, if there is no mention and you didn't comment then you won't find anything. But if you only commented, this search should work. Just tested it out with a search on ["martijn van beek" -109873891604415873760]. This delivered search results with posts I only commented on, without me being mentioned.
 
+Daniel Sandstein you talk like a page! The whole ethics/other usage discussion seems remote to me as there is always a way to harvest public data.
Most people will have forgotten, but when phone books were strictly paper, lowly paid Asians typed every address into a database for sale.
I have always been aware that comments are visible and all this does is make it slightly easier to find stuff. However it´s not that different from all the forum software like people above already mentioned.
I prefer to have a version out in the open so that people can see their data and delete or edit things later on if they are not happy with it, than a traded database.
 
In general: the best way to move forward with features like this is to finally give comments the status they deserve and give them their own addressable url. If that would be the case you could bookmark them, link to them, discuss someones comment elsewhere etc.

Only then comments become truly part of the G+ experience. Being able to find them is only the first step.
And yes, Google should be leading here as they have the tools and capacity to do this in the best way possible.
To avoid creating millions of unneeded urls, they could filter on common reactions like ´wow´ etc before generating an url.

In your own dashboard, now called profile, all your comments should be viewable, searchable, etc.
Only when Google offer this the prospects for third parties to offer these services will diminish with the advantage that you are certain that you will find the largest vault of information about yourself in your own dashboard.

The moment this is realized Google could make life a bit more difficult for spiders and other methods of harvesting. If only you could see all your comments at a glance through your profile and other services are economically less viable you would actually win some privacy against casual observers.
 
+Max Huijgen you are right about talking like a page (reason is that I opened your post from the notifications tab of the page). I'll continue writing like a page to avoid get the notifications twice ;)

I just said it's an interesting discussion, not that in my opinion it is a bad feature.
I think the same like you about harvesting public data and that all of the data is available to analyze for everyone.

What I find interesting is the thoughts of the people being against such a feature. It is important to have sensitiveness for the privacy. Though these information are all available publicly, it's a strange feeling to see such a page combining everything about someone in one place.
For example the analysis of the posts are only available at CircleCount for someone logged in and then only for her/himself. As we all can see on other pages, it is not a problem to get such analysis for other profiles without a login.

But to be clear: that's not the reason CircleCount hasn't such a feature (comment history). It is the capability-/performance-issue we can't handle as a free time project.
 
I don´t agree at all with +Pam Adger who considers this a narcissistic feature. My post stresses how this would help find back the great discussion you had. That´s good for others as well as we currently struggle with the ´sudden death´ syndrome where a topic just disappears from the radar if nobody added a comment pushing it back in your notification stream.
 
In theory, all comments already have an URL, which is the hidden ID in the HTML plus the thread's URL. To hack this together and add an anchor, a simple Chrome/FF extension would do. I wonder what happened once these combined URLs showed up as weblinks, thus creating something to follow for the search engines.
 
I see overnight that +Matt Holmes has a already alerted this thread to problem 2 which came mind: stalkers. During the nym wars, several people complained that they were being comment stalked. Wherever they would leave a comment, the same person would follow them and leave a comment saying something terrible to or about them. Once the stalker was in a thread it was hard to kick them out. People began making lists of people for their friends to block to try to stop the stalking.

We couldn't figure out how they were doing it; we thought the stalkers were following the same people listed on the person's being stalked sidebar. So we suggested people being stalked hide the list of people they were following. But all the stalkers need is a tool like Topsy.

Matt also reiterates problem 1: the ability for your boss, your spouse's divorce lawyer, or the Drudge Report to track every careless comment you've made on a public post--because you got into discussion mode. Just like what happened to Karen Handel when she retweeted, "Cry me a river." http://front.moveon.org/susan-g-komens-vp-indicates-her-real-motives-in-awful-twitter-retweet/

Hmmm. I think I'll go check out what +Mitt Romney 's been saying.
 
I find it interesting that at the exact same time users are pointing out missing functionality here in G+ we are receiving emails alerting us to the final shut down of Wave servers in April.

Wave was social and Wave was searchable from within Wave. Wave allowed for much richer conversations than these very linear conversations found here in G+. There is a halfway point between Wave and G+ if only Google could find it.
 
+Max Huijgen BTW, here is another sane view of one's system-wide activity, including upvotes ("+1s"): quora.com/Alex-Schleber/feed

Makes for a pretty handy bookmarks-like record of posts ("Answers"), asf. you interacted with in some way.

UPDATE: Weirdly enough, Quora records the Votes but not your Comments in this feed. Comments have been strangely deemphasized in their system from the get-go, I was never sure why, as it makes for much more social/personal engagement.

I think it has really cost them in terms of mainstream adoption (making the entire service feel a bit more "Aspy"), even though they have permalinks for a comment and everything -> quora.com/Human-Brain/Can-the-mind-be-strengthened-just-like-a-muscle/answer/Graham-Jones/comment/831082
 
It's entirely different to a forum +Max Huijgen first a forum does not have a real names policy, second you have to be logged into the forum to view post history, and third you have to know which forum out of millions to investigate - scale, ease and identity absolutely matter in this context.

Wasn't really active during #nymwars 1.0 +M Sinclair Stevens, but I can imagine how this would play out if someone wants to indulge in a little trolling. I'd imagine +Clare Cosgrove would have a view given events of a few months ago.

48ers.com is terrible though +Catherine Maguire and you can't tie it down to a specific individual, most of the time it brings back nothing, even when you know it's out there! At least that's been my experience with it anyway. FB seem to make it intentionally difficult to crawl anyway (with varying success).
 
+M Sinclair Stevens interesting story about the stalkers in the earl days. To me that shows two things: 1) It is a public forum, not IM chat or something like that (which BTW Facebook and probably others still keeps a record of for a long time). 2) "Security by Obscurity", i.e. in this case not easily being able to find comment activity around the system , is no security at all.

3) If somebody engages in horrible behavior, the system should remove them, as permanently as possible. Open-Signup, Open-Subscribe may present some issues here, and maybe there need to be options for people to limit engagement on posts/feeds.

4) This to me underlines the need for allowing pseudonyms even more. The trolls/spammers won't abide by the "real names" standards anyway, or they won't care even if it is their real name (which Google admitted was the case a few months ago). Pseudonyms afford an extra layer of protection for vulnerable groups.
 
Curated: So it seems that +Robert Scoble in a post from today is coming around to our point of view, that G+ is seeing a death by a thousand papercuts in terms of missing key features:

plus.google.com/111091089527727420853/posts/MgnJzTyKLE6

"...5. Fix stupid stuff with Google+. Why does every URL here have a stupid long-ass version and no built in shortener? That makes it hard to tweet and URLs look like crap. This small stuff matters.

5b. Give us custom domain names. Like we used to have on Google Buzz. For instance, mine is https://profiles.google.com/scobleizer but new users can't get nice URLs like these.

[compare what I said on my "Ghost Town" curation post under 2) and 3) -> plus.google.com/112964117318166648677/posts/Gfjgt7kCKVt ]

5c. Let us see all the stories we, and other people, have liked. It's really lame that you haven't yet matched features little startups had four years ago.

...5c. Let us have a REAL blogging tool here. You have Blogger. Why isn't it integrated here yet?

5d. Let us have videos and photos in comments. Facebook has them and it's a killer feature.
...
Anyway, I'm finding I'm rethinking my social media usage patterns. I'm starting to see that +Fred Wilson was right. I should have kept my blog as my home (it's at http://scobleizer.com ). I expected Google to innovate a lot faster than it has for publishers.

Hey, Vic, it's great you ship lots of small things every week, like it's better to block spammers here than it used to be, but we need some really big breakthrough features to keep people engaged here and we haven't had one of those in a while. When are we going to see something really eye opening?"
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Cue the inevitable "love it or leave it" pandemonium...
 
A built in scoble summarizer would be a good feature request. Thank for the manual job +Alex Schleber ;)
 
+Catherine Maguire yes, he did, but he like probably all of us thought that Google would move a lot more quickly than they did. It was billed as a "field trial" in the beginning after all, stands to reason that they would have made some bold/fast moves early on to get things to go in the right direction. Instead we got nit-picking on both the #brandgate and the #nymwars...
 
+Alex Schleber Google rarely goes for the jugular... it's the death of a thousand cuts they specialize in. Plus, they get the nerds on their side, because sooner of later, everyone comes to a nerd for advice, like, "My browser's really slow." "Well why the heck are ya using Internet Explorer? Get Google Chrome, already!"
 
+Eli Fennell while I get what you are saying, I don't think that translates over to this case very well. Everybody and their dog is already on Facebook. And G+ has really made no true dent in that, not even from the Interest (Graph) Network angle, which as has been said many times by myself and others, is nowhere near locked up.

But Google hasn't even made a serious play for it thus far with this. Quora and even Pinterest are doing a better job on that front as we speak (Quora has some other issues that have largely prevented mainstreaming), and that's saying something. There is no clear mantra from Google as to what G+ is/should be, Scoble again pointed this out on a recent post ->

plus.google.com/111091089527727420853/posts/PZrpGy796t2

"I've talked with hundreds of people about social apps over the past 10 days and I noticed something. Nearly everyone could define what Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn do. They could even define what Highlight, a new app that was being discovered by many at SXSW. But nearly no one could define what Google+ is. Here's how these conversations went:
...
What is Google+? Very few could answer that. Some, who are very active, can "it's a place to discuss things with other people passionate about the same things you are." Or "it's a way for Google to stitch together its services in a social way."
...

So, what can Google+ learn?

1. We need a reason that Google+ exists that we can tell other people. It needs to be clear, understandable, and commonly understood.
2. It's hard to define yourself when you hit up against a very entrenched competitor. So don't. Define a new space. That's why I liked Video Hangouts so much. They didn't go after Facebook, or even Skype. They let us do something new. Highlight is that for me.
3. Highlight proves that social networking innovation is NOT done (my new 900 friends on the service proves that)."
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+Max Huijgen Yeah, scary stuff! Senators are already lining up against this. I hope this is stopped in its track.
 
Still it shows that security by obscurity fails even in these privacy cases. If information is hard to find, but valuable the limits to get it are pushed forward. Blackmailing employees to reveal their password is much more intrusive than buying a database from a profile company.
So for our discussion it seems irrelevant that the comment information is now easily accessible. If it was not companies would pay for the harvested data anyway. What Topsy does, will be done by others as well. The difference being that Topsy makes it usable ánd transparent to users, which gets my nod over www.employee-profiles.com +Matt Holmes
 
It may be transparent +Max Huijgen, but that does not make it right. For anyone who uses the service to an extent beyond "vicar's tea party" conversation there will be traces that can either be used against you by someone with an axe to grind, or simply to cause you a level of discomfort impossible in real life. If you have the view that it's OK you should absolutely read A.V. Flox's canonical post on the topic last night.

There's probably going to be a social response to this, and probably a legislative one eventually, and perhaps the next generations will grow to have a different view on privacy, although a backlash seems equally likely.

For now I am not comfortable with, for example, my daughter being in a world where any reactionary or stupid thing she may say when she becomes a teenager (not far away) is aggregated and preserved in perpetuity. Don't know about you, but I said plenty of stupid and regrettable things as a teen, and everyone I knew did.... sometimes we still do. I don't feel that it should be available five years later for any bully potential employer.
 
+Matt Holmes I´m very sensitive to privacy issues and I joined G+ when it was only open for 18+.
I didn´t realize you wanted to tackle the existence of social networks in general. I don´t like what teens do on FB, but I was restricting myself to the subject of having an open service like topsy versus the inevitable data harvesting.
 
+Max Huijgen good to meet again so soon. ;-)

I was reading a post by +Rahul Roy where he shared a link to this post. Never did I realise it was you that will appear. Thanks for this post. I was looking for this.
 
Which is nice +Max Huijgen. I noticed it yesterday that they redesigned the stream and caught up with their 25 day lag.
 
+Max Huijgen 
I soooooo could really make use fo this one.. for the reasons you well stated... but Topsy it seems to be well-broken by now... :-(

do you know of any alternatives? thank you! :)
 
hm, +Oleg Kiorsak it´s either down or discontinued. It has been down in the past so maybe Topsy will be back up in a few days. I don´t believe there is an alternative.
 
It seems to work because this post (which I missed originally) was re-shared and thus led me there. I think it worked since I saw my most recent postings.
 
Sadly G+, like every other site on the internet, has a severe infestation of #sockpuppet accounts. Luckily this tool helps you ferret them out and document their trolling ways.

Thanks Max. 
 
I've been trying to work out what g+ actually means but I have never worked it out. 
When I see an article with the g+ symbol I presume it means you can make a comment on that article for others to read. But if that is the case I have never been able to work out how to read other people's comments.
I have tried clicking everywhere but have never seen another comment by anyone so I don't see any reason to make comments on it myself. It really looks like the most absurdly useless system I can imagine. Total waste of time.
 
+Max Huijgen just tried searching with
"max huijgen" -inurl:112352920206354603958
and (as far as I can say), results look ok to me...
 
Agreed, +Max Huijgen , there's no dedicated comment search. I've been using that expression merely to find posts from fellow plussers (1) who mentioned my name and/or (2) where I commented.

I tried searching for
"max huijgen" -inurl:112352920206354603958 astrophysics
and the post I had in mind appeared, but there's way too much "noise" in the result set too.
Sorry.
 
no problem +Nico Gerrits i have spread this exact tip somewhere in 2011 when it was still a workable solution. it´s a pity it no longer functions.
 
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